Even though I prefer the sound of the modified KSC75, for the average listener the price tag and time investment of the mods has dubious value.
At the current street price the AKG K81Dj provide an incredible combination of portability, durability, and isolation.
While the Ultrasone Zinos are certainly attractive to behold, they fall slightly short of expectations set by the $100 price tag.
Unlike the original PX200, which had little going for it besides being small and closed, the PX200-II is a surprisingly competent all-rounder.
The OPPO PM-1 is a full-size, open-back planar magnetic headphone with fantastic craftsmanship, and is superbly comfortable in both fit and sound.
Among all of the reasonably priced portable headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 is a unique offering that manages to combine style and substance without compromising much of either.
Though I’ve never personally considered Grados to be portable cans, the sound produced by the SR60i for a mere $80 is hard to argue against.
The Philips SHP5400 are quite different from most other headphones I’ve heard in the $50 range, focusing their sonic performance on speed and clarity.
The Beyerdynamic DT235 is easily one of the better sub-$100 headphones I have heard. The combination of simple and durable construction, long-term comfort, and truly impressive sound quality make it an excellent choice for those who care little for looks and a whole lot for substance.
As someone who still finds the sound signature of Sennheiser’s aging PX100 enjoyable in a relaxing sort of way after years of ownership, I had high hopes for Senn’s new ‘audiophile’-class portables. What I got was a more refined dose of the typical Sennheiser sound in what is admittedly a very handsome and convenient portable.